Oman transportation: Adam-Thumrait road contracts awarded
November 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A view of a dual carriageway road passing through a mountain in Oman. Photo - Supplied

Muscat: Contracts for two major segments of Adam-Thumrait road dualisation project have been awarded on Monday, giving the much-needed fillip to the efforts of the government to resolve traffic problems faced by motorists on this long route.

The first part of the project, a 120-km-long work to build the existing single carriageway into a four-lane dual carriageway, was bagged by UAE-based Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting, while the second part for the same distance was awarded to Consolidated Contractors Company.

The bid amount for the first part was OMR109.99 million, while the second part will cost OMR91.04 million.

Each segment of the dualisation project for 120 kilometres will take three-and-a-half years, which excludes two months for mobilisation, according to a source at a contracting firm.

As many as 17 contracting firms submitted bids for the first part, while another 13 companies were in race for the second part of Adam-Thumrait dualisation work.

Once completed, the dual carriageway is expected to ease traffic and reduce accidents between Adam and Thumrait.

"Currently, the single lane road does not have a divider, which allows vehicles to overtake. This is one of the major reasons for accidents on this route. Once the four-lane carriageway is ready, there will be a divider between the roads on both sides and the vehicles can not overtake using the other side of the road, which will reduce accidents," said a source, who does not want to be named.

However, the source added that bringing material for road construction in remote areas will be a major challenge for the contracting firm.

For handling the construction project smoothly, the 715 kilometre carriageway between the towns of Adam and Thumrait has been divided into different segments and the first two parts that were awarded on Monday have a combined length of 240 kilometres.

The remaining 475km is divided into four packages for tendering at a later stage.

The road construction will have major challenges as the carriageway needs several intermittent grade-separated interchanges, cross-drainage structures and camel crossings.

The dualisation project is considered as one of the major road projects currently being undertaken by the ministry.

Once the whole Adam-Thumrait project is complete, the link between Muscat and Salalah will be fully dualised along its length of more than 1,000 kilometres.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications also awarded Barka-Nakhal dual carriageway project for OMR64.96 million.

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